A Population-based Outcomes Study of Persons Hospitalized With Traumatic Brain Injury: Operations of the South Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Follow-up Registry

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ObjectiveTo describe the design and operations of the South Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Follow-up Registry.DesignStatewide prospective cohort study.SettingState of South Carolina.Participants2118 persons discharged from acute care hospitals after experiencing TBI.InterventionTelephone interviews.Main Outcome MeasuresService needs, alcohol and drug use, psychosocial health, health-related quality of life, functional status, symptoms of TBI, employment, global life satisfaction, and death.ResultsSelected initial and 1-year follow-up findings concerning demographic, insurance status, income, and employment factors.ConclusionsPopulation-based outcome studies that describe longer term problems associated with TBI, the need for services, and estimated disability could be useful to inform public policy.

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